By September 15, 2008 29 Comments Read More →

Young pop star scores with sociopathic hit song

Lovefraud recently received the following e-mail from a reader in the UK:

I wonder what your take on this pop-music video is? This song is played ad-infinitum on radio stations in the UK; you simply can’t escape it. What disturbs me is its indifference toward the glorification of sociopathic, even psychopathic, behaviour. Clearly the character the singer is playing out has a taste for control; inflicting degrading, humiliating behaviour, even torture, pain and —as the finale of the video suggests—murder; everything the UN Convention on Human Rights was meant to prevent.

The reader included a link to the song Sweet About Me, by Gabriella Cilmi, on YouTube. Here it is:


Quite frankly, the video is shocking.

It starts out like a typical music video with Cilmi singing in front of what appears to be a reggae-style garage band. We see quick cuts of young men—not part of the band—bopping their heads to the beat. Then, 40 seconds into the song, Climi sings the lyrics,

“Tell you something that I’ve found, that the world’s a better place when it’s upside down, boy.”

The camera shows a young man bound and hanging from the ceiling by his feet. We then get to the chorus:

“Sweet about me, nothing sweet about me, yeah.”

No kidding. Through the rest of the video, we see that six more men are bound, locked in a cage, strung up in a net and taped to the floor, and the singer loves every bit of it. As she says, there is truly nothing sweet about her.

16-year-old star

So who is this singer? Gabriella Cilmi is a 16-year-old singer from Australia. Sweet About Me, which she wrote, is her debut single, released in March, 2008. In May, her song knocked Madonna from the No. 1 spot on Britain’s top 10 chart.

An article in Australia’s Herald Sun newspaper on July 13, 2008, reported that Sweet About Me spent six weeks in the British top 10. On iTunes charts, Cilmi was No. 2 in Germany and Portugal, No. 3 in Switzerland and No. 5 in Italy.

I am appalled. Yes, the tune is catchy, but the lyrics and imagery of Sweet About Me are truly disturbing.

I suppose the same could be said about many music videos—especially the gangsta rap variety—but I don’t have first-hand knowledge because I don’t watch MTV. But when messages like “the climax of the perfect lie,” along with images of bondage and torture, are being glamorized, it’s no wonder that the world’s population of sociopaths seems to be growing.

Comment on this article

29 Comments on "Young pop star scores with sociopathic hit song"

Notify of

I am living in the UK and there hasnt been any outrage about this song, I think the video is tongue in cheek as one blogger has already mentioned. Black humour. The music industry always makes shock value videos to help market an average song which this is, remember it is allegedly written by a 16 yr old girl. I dont know if you got the video for Tatu over there, there was outrage in the uk about that, and the single was very successful in the charts.

Guess who ?

This artical is Good ! Its just that the truth is so bad!

I know that Satan was the angel of music ! remember back in the 80s Backmasking ? In colege they the Fundamentalist got me to throw out some of my music but when they wanted me to Quit Drinking BEER I had to put my foot down !:)~

My point is this Now they don’t have to hide it anywhere in a dvd cover or mumble it real soft ! they can blaintly Scream it at the top of thier Lungs and get Paid very very well for it , and the tune ? THUMP THUMP THUMP THUMP

In Lord of the Rings THUMP was the sound of impending DOOM !

But maybe it’s just me ! love jere


Send this to a friend